10-8 loss to cellar dwellers the Gulf Isapea yesterday in the Western Highlands
With Isapea already out of contention, the Eagles had a slim chance
provided they beat the Isapea and then the Goroka Lahanis next
The Eagles and Isapea are the two sides that will miss the
The Gulf franchise played as if they wanted the win more and
managed to secure only their second victory of the season.
Both the Simbu Lions and the Lahanis will join the top six on July 27 in the next round.
The Lions went down to the Lahanis 10-4 with some contentious calls by the referee
not helping theSimbu cause.
In the top rung, the Lae Tigers battled to a
24-18 win over the Hela Wigmen, the win all but guaranteeing the Morobe side the
minor premiership, with two matches remaining. The Wigmen (20), who were the
closest to the Tigers (23) in competition points (three points before the match)
now cannot not make up the difference even if they win their last two
games and the Tigers lose their two matches.
The Agmark Gurias also
found that winning feeling again despite having to come from behind to beat the
Mendi Muruks leading 24-16.
A individual effort from Kumul halfback Ase Boas
leveled the match at 16-16 and then a Jason Mission penalty with three minutes
remaining put them in the clear and then a late try rubbed more salt in the
Southern Highlanders wounds.
The Muruks were also left fuming over several
calls by the referee.
The Enga Mioks pulled reigning champions Port Moresby
Vipers back down to earth with a close 12-10 win in Lae.
Gurias 24 Mendi Muruks 16, Hela Wigmen 18 Lae Tigers 24, Hagen Eagles 8 Gulf
Isapea 10, Port Moresby Vipers 10 Enga Mioks 12, Goroka
Lahanis 10 Simbu Lions 4.
Standings: Tigers 25, Wigmen 20, Gurias 18,
Mioks 18, Vipers 16, Muruks 14, Lions 14, Lahanis 13, Eagles 10, Isapea 8.